Earth-Sun Lagrange Points

Lagrange points are places in space where the gravitational forces of two massive bodies, such as the Sun and a planet, balance out, making it easier for a low-mass object (such as a spacecraft or an asteroid) to orbit there. This diagram shows the five Lagrange points for the Earth-Sun system. (The size of Earth and the distances in the illustration are not to scale.)

Credit:

NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva
Acknowledgment: M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab)

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